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Read, Reflect, Plan: How Planning Makes Us Better

[First Day of Summer," Paul Bica, Flickr Creative Commons]

[First Day of Summer,” Paul Bica, Flickr Creative Commons]

This week, Ed Week Teacher had a great article explaining “3 Things You Can Do This Summer to Be a Better Teacher in the Fall.” The second point the article makes is “Read, Reflect, Plan,” with an emphasis on the importance of planning. In that regard, the article suggests:

  • Map out your school year with a month-by-month instructional plan. Framing your monthly goals will help you to launch an organized year of learning and teaching.
  • Identify the resources you will need and make a list so you can begin to gather what you need over the summer.

Learning List helps teachers streamline their planning and make their instruction more effective.

In order to succeed academically, students must learn the knowledge and skills the state’s standards require. With so many standards and so little class time, teachers have to be instructionally efficient.

One way to be instructionally efficient is to use only the portions of your instructional materials that are truly aligned to the standards. For each material, Learning List’s reviews the citations listed in the publisher’s correlation for alignment to the three c’s of each standard: content, context and cognitive demand. The alignment report lists the citations Learning List found to be aligned to each standard, as well as the citations found not to be aligned, along with a Reviewer’s Comment explaining which of the three c’s each non-aligned citation failed to address.

By referencing Learning List’s alignment reports when creating lesson plans, teachers can easily identify the citations that will teach students what the standards require them to learn, thus saving teachers hours of work both during the summer and the school year.

One last point, if your district subscribes to Learning List, and we have not yet reviewed the materials you are planning to use next fall, simply Request a Review. Let us work for you.

Teachers, we hope you enjoy your summer! You’ve certainly earned it.

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Weird Al’s “Instructional Material”

Source: YouTube

Source: YouTube

People often ask what is the definition of “instructional material.”  While some states define the term, Learning List reviews comprehensive and supplemental preK-12 instructional content delivered in multiple formats, including: print, DVDs and online materials.

Source: YouTube

Source: YouTube

Though we’ve adopted an expansive definition of “instructional material, ” you won’t find this video reviewed on LearningList.com even though it is one of the more popular grammar lessons with over 14 million views. However, we thought we’d just share it to ease your transition back into the school year.

Learning List is currently reviewing the social studies and high school math materials that have been submitted for state adoption in Texas and will publish those editorial reviews when school begins.  We will post the state’s alignment reports for those materials as soon as TEA releases them, likely in early December.

We are also reviewing non-adopted and open-education resources in all four core content areas: math, ELA, science and technology applications.  If there is an instructional material your school is interested in and you would like an independent evaluation of its alignment to the TEKS or Common Core standards, and an objective assessment of its instructional content and design, request a review now, and we’ll have those for you shortly after school begins. Contact us for more information.

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